All hail ‘King Wayde’

South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk is running his way into history books – quite literally.

Wayde’s latest accolade saw him break another Michael Johnson record when he ran the 300 m in 30.81 seconds, during the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Johnson’s record was 30.85, set in 2000.

Usain Bolt is now the third fastest athlete to run over that distance. He recorded a time of 30.97 in May 2010 at said Golden Spike meet in Ostrava.

Wayde is also the only man in history to run 10sec for the 100m, 20sec for the 200m and 44sec for the 400m – an enormous feat.


As if his performance at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava was not enough, Wayde went on to break a world record for 2017 at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland where he ran 400m in 43.62 seconds.

Wayde has only run the 400m faster on two occasions: when he won his world title in Beijing in 2015; the other was a year later when he won Olympic gold.

He is clearly in good form and all eyes will be on him going forward, as many seem to believe he is the next big thing to follow the ‘Usain Bolt act’ – one which will be tough to beat no doubt.

But at this stage, it would appear all things are possible for ‘King Wayde’.

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